- North West
Another Small Mining Town
Mooinooi is a small mining town just west of Magalisburg, it rests in a valley that used to grow citrus fruit. The town makes for a perfect break for city dwellers from Johannesburg and Pretoria and offers a variety of outdoor activities in the area surrounding the town. In particular, the activities include hiking trails, 4 X 4 trails, birding and game viewing. Many of these opportunities are on private farms and visitors may need permission to use some of the trails.
Nearby Hartbeespoort, or Harties as the locals call it, is a wonderful spot to enjoy craft markets, restaurants, animal parks and of course water sports and if you need to get a little shopping done, Brits has a Shopping Mall that will have almost anything you need.
Mooinooi and the surrounding areas offer a variety of accommodation which includes B&B’s, Guesthouses, Lodges and self-catering cottages.
Things to do and see
- Piesangkloof 4X4 Trails
- Eagle Cove Trail
- Kgaswane Mountai Reserve
- Magalisberg Birding
- Saddle Creek Adventures, Hekpoort
- Mooinooi Golf Course
- Ukutula Lion Park
- Hartbeespoort Dam
- Aerial Cableway, Hartbeespoort
Mooinooi receives approximately 635 mm of rain annually with most of its annual rainfall during summer.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 16˚C and 33˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 2˚C and 23˚C.
There are daily flights into Lanseria Airport, approximately 70 Km’s away via the R512 and N4, and into O R Tambo International Airport approximately 136 Km’s away along the N4 and R21. Car hire facilities are available at the Airport.
During its boom years Mooinooi was a thriving mining town, but unfortunately the global financial crisis led to a recession and it has become a small, almost dying town. Unfortunately, some former miners lost their jobs and a few local services went out of business.
Lonmin Platinum Mine is now the only major game in town and the town owes its existence to the mining taking place in the area.
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